Argues for peaceful uses of nuclear weapons in construction, civil engineering and extraction of natural resources. A document of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission's "Plowshare" program.
December 4, 2010
Sometimes hindsight suffers from myopia
It's too easy to look back on things like this from today's vantage and accuse people of that age of being careless or overoptimistic. As with everything the problem to be solved is determining the cost/benefit ratio. The peculiar cost indigenous to this idea is the radiological risk. Is it an acceptable risk compared to the benefits gained from the shear magnitude of efficiency and efficacy promised by nuclear explosives? Can the risk be mitigated? The way to find out is to study the problem thoroughly. The potential for benefit was enormous. There was no good reason not to study it before dismissing it.
February 27, 2004
More nuclear hilarity!
Ah, the 1950's, where everyone thought the nuclear power could be used for anything. In this film, we probably see the most ridiculous in it's potential uses, EXCAVATING! Yes boys and girls, the government was actually thinking of using the bomb to clear bothersome rock, make another Panama Canal and helping the world by blowing up 5-6 bombs AT A TIME to get rid of rock. This film of course, poo-poos the subject of radiation, stating that very little radiation "goes into the atmosphere". Yeah, it just stays in the ground, waiting to seep out in the many mining projects or the water sources the government were proposing. Mostly mouth dropping and mind boggling, this film will have you shaking your head. Highly reccomended!